CSIs just jumped into the future with tuServ, a new generation of policing software developed by Black Marble that uses the power of Augmented Reality via Microsoft HoloLens.
AR is finding its way into all sorts of existing industries, and now the groundbreaking technology is helping law enforcement solve crimes.
tuServ is an AR application that embraces the power of the Microsoft HoloLens to assist police officers in the field by mapping out the environment of a crime scene in real time and then building a digital recreation using virtual markers, 3D objects, as well as other multi-media evidence such as video and audio—all while eliminating any risk of altering or contaminating the physical evidence at the scene.
What sparked the idea for tuServ, according to Rik Hepworth, IT Director at Black Marble, was when the HoloLens first arrived at the Black Marble offices. The team noticed that when you first boot up the device, you see the HoloLens map out the room that you’re in. It was this moment that they began to imagine how great would it be if the mapping process was used to capture details of a crime scene—and then used to collaborate during the investigation.
Once the crime scene has been mapped out, it can then be easily shared with other officers or investigators without having to physically go to another person, and allows you to recreate the scene in any location in full detail using the tuServ HoloLens Command and Control App.
If on the streets, officers and investigators are able to capture crime scene evidence immediately and then transfer the cases files remotely so that others on the case can access right away, creating a more efficient and collaborative work flow among law officers and investigators. This helps with time which can be crucial for some investigations, as well that it is cost effective.
What is unique about tuServ is that it can also virtually transport and immerse the investigators back to the scene – days, months and even years later; depending on how long the investigation goes.
This also means the mapped-out AR crime scene could be used as evidence when the case goes to trial.
“The police needed a new generation of policing software, so we built that platform,” said Robert Hogg, managing director at Black Marble.
And Hogg is not alone in believing this technology will benefit crime scenes nationwide.
“As a public order and firearms commander I can say without doubt that its use, through tuServ, will revolutionize policing for years to come,” said Nick Lyall, superintendent of the Bedfordshire Police. “As a detective, I can also say that its ability to scan crime scenes and create a mapped 3D version will allow for a reduction in cross-contamination issues and allow for investigators to visualize in real time the scenes of major crime.”
Now we’re just wondering when we’ll see Detective “Fin” Tutuola show up in a HoloLens on an episode of Law and Order.